Gresham High School Alumni

Gresham, Oregon (OR)

Military Alumni

Military High School Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

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Honored Military Alumni

Dale  St. John
Dale St. John
Class of 1977
Air Force, 20+ Years

Sept 1983 - Jun 2004
-- Fuels Specialist
-- Budget Analyst
Adam Napier
Adam Napier
Class of 1988
Army Reserves, 27 Years

Currently a 1SG for a Army Reserve Drill Sergeant BDE in Vancouver. 3 Deployments in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. 2 Bronze stars and a Meritorious Service Medal for actions taken while deployed.
Andrew G. Stahl
Andrew G. Stahl
Class of 2003
Army, 3 Years

92w Water Treatment Specialist
Angela Bowder
Angela Bowder
Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Cryptologic linguist - Korean. Honorable discharge in 2002.
Bradley Jacobson
Bradley Jacobson
Class of 1985
Army, 19 Years

US Army Logistics Corps Officer with specialty area of transportation. Multiple stateside and overseas tours of duty, to include Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently serving in Virginia.
Cheryl (Kitchens) Whitten
Cheryl (Kitchens) Whitten
Class of 1964
U.s. Naval Air Reserve, 2 Years

Yeoman, US Navy Reserves 1965-1967
Christine Beall
Christine Beall
Class of 1987
Air Force, 10 Years

Information Specialist, was stationed in Arizona, Korea and Montana before being Honorably Discharged from the Air Force
Danielle Norton Roest
Danielle Norton Roest
Class of 1995
Navy, 6 Years

Hospital Corpsman serving in Japan, NV, and CA
Dean L. Moline
Dean L. Moline
Class of 1980
Navy, 12 Years

Served 12 years as a Cryptologic Technician, Served on ships in San Diego, Long Beach, Hawaii and the Mediteranean. Shore Duties at Whidbey Island, WA, Naples, Italy, Been to most countries in the Mediteranean and Pacific theatre.
Eric Christian
Eric Christian
Class of 1985
Navy, 9 Years

Nuclear submarine officer
Ernie Rubottom
Ernie Rubottom
Class of 1989
Navy, 4 Years

Gulf War veteran, served on board USS Wisconsin.
Gary Jessen
Gary Jessen
Class of 1984
Army, 8 Years

MOS - (611-63T10) Bradley Fighting Vehicle Mechanic. Hardship tour Korea 1985-1986 patrolled DMZ. ETS from Fort Riley KS.
Gary Olson
Gary Olson
Class of 1958
Air Force, 15 Years

Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner on C-124 / C-141 aircraft. Followed by 36 years Air Traffic Control.
Glen Dixon
Glen Dixon
Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years

REDHORSE 819
Greg Thime
Greg Thime
Class of 1978
Navy, 9 Years

served during cold war
Greg Vanderwall
Greg Vanderwall
Class of 1971
Army, 21 Years

Captain. US Army, Retired.
James L Smith
James L Smith
Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years

Retired from the US Army. Served from Sept 1986 to Oct 2006
James Law
James Law
Class of 1992
Marine Corps, 18 Years

USMC GUNNER (INFANTRY OFFICER)
STILL ACTIVE, IN COUNTRY HUNTING
Jeff Stumpf
Jeff Stumpf
Class of 1990
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Still serving.
Jeromie Palaoro
Jeromie Palaoro
Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Served in the Marine Corps for 4 years as an infantry rifleman. Also served 4 years in the Oregon Guard. He obtained the rank of Sgt.
Jim Childres
Jim Childres
Class of 1959
Army, 3 Years

Army Security Agency.
Jimmie L. LaBrue
Jimmie L. LaBrue
Class of 1979
Navy, 13 Years

Served aboard 2 combat vessels, USS Albert David FF-1050 (1980-1985) and USS Mauna Kea AE-22 (1987-1992).Honorable Discharge in June of 1992 with 13 awarded medals and service ribbons. Active in the Indian Ocean during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Joe Lindsay
Joe Lindsay
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 20 Years

Served Jan 1982 to Jan 2002
John Shifflett
John Shifflett
Class of 1969
Air Force, 4 Years

Served 1970-74. Guam, Philippines, Republic of China.
Justin bentz
Justin bentz
Class of 2008
Army, 2 Years

I served in the army from 2008 to 2010. Medically discharged. Honorable
Laura Whitney - Franco
Laura Whitney - Franco
Class of 1979
Navy, 4 Years

Served as a Respiratory Therapist/Hospital Corpsman at Camp Pendleton, CA supporting our Marines, Sailors and their families during peacetime military training activities.
Marc Salgado
Marc Salgado
Class of 2007
Air Force, 2 Years

Nuclear missile maintenance
Matthew Nemec
Matthew Nemec
Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years

Enlisted in 1984 and still proudly serving.
Michael F. Yoder
Michael F. Yoder
Class of 1960
Army, 6 Years

Communications - Germany '60-64, NC '64-65, 'Nam '65-'66
Michael J. Arne;;
Michael J. Arne;;
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

Enlisted in Navy in '68. Did 4 yrs active and 28 yrs reserve. Joined USAF reserve and did another 10 years at Portland Air Base.
MICHAEL T GERDAU
MICHAEL T GERDAU
Class of 1970
Marine Corps, 24 Years

I would have graduated in 1970, but I was in the Tonkin Gulf June of 1970. I did three tours of Vietnam, Stationed at Camp Hansen Okinawa, Marine Corps Reserve in Portland for 4 years, Back to Active Duty with 106 Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Camp Pendleton, MCAS, Iwakuni, Japan, Camp Smith, Oahu, Hawaii, MCAS, Yuma, AZ, USS MT. WHITNEY, NS Norfolk, VA, MCAGCC, 29 Palms, CA
MICHAEL T. GERDAU
MICHAEL T. GERDAU
Class of 1970
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

I enlisted in 1969. Went to Okinawa as a grunt and later on to Vietnam. Released from active duty in 1971. Stayed in reserves and attended MHCC receiving an AA degree in Import Automotive Mechanics. Worked at Del Pranke Datsun at the 12-mile Corner. Married Patty Smith from Centennial High in 1975 and returned to active duty. Changed occupation to Legal Services Specialist. Mainly stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California but also stationed in Yuma AZ, Hawaii, Virginia, Iwakuni Japan, and finally 29 Palms CA. Retired to La Pine Oregon. In 2003 my wife Pat passed away and in 2007 I married my current wife Robin Prante.
MICHAEL T. GERDAU
MICHAEL T. GERDAU
Class of 1970
Marine Corps, 24 Years

I would have graduated in 1970, but I joined the Marine Corps in 1969. In June of 1970 I was in the Gulf of Tonkin headed for, what was to be my first of three, visits to the wonderful land of Vietnam. I was trained as an Antitank Assaultman; part of the occupation skill involved firing 3.2 rocket launchers, grenade launchers, setting satchel charges, firing 106 recoilless rifles, and flame throwers. My first visit to Vietnam I was assigned as the gunner in a flame thrower platoon. Lucky for me the Paris Peace Talks they determined that flame throwers were inhumane. My unit spent aggregate of 6 months in Vietnam, when we weren't there we were in Okinawa, Philippines, or Hong Kong.I did leave active duty and went to school at Mt. Hood Community College. I earned an Associate of Science Degree in Import Automotive Mechanics. I went to work at Del Pranke Datsun at the 12-mile corner. Later I went back to school and majored in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. Never finished that major, but I did Marry, Patricia Kay Smith, and reenlisted in the Marine Corps. We were stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, I was assigned to the 106 Recoilless Rifle Platoon for a short time. My Company Executive Officer (XO, who was Alumni of Oregon State and who had been roommates with Mr. Stepens, who taught Health Education at Gresham High(probably slaughtered his name); well the XO took an interest in me. He saw I had some College so he took out of the 106 Platoon and put me in the Office. I ended up being the Postal Clerk, Files Clerk, and then the Legal Clerk. I must have been doing my job right because then I received a transfer to the Battalion Office as the Assistant Legal Clerk. Things happened in my favor and ultimately I became the Acting Battalion Legal Officer. My enlistment was almost up and my wife I no future plans so we were thinking I should reenlist. Out of the blue the Division Staff Judge Advocate's Office called me asked if I would like to reenlist as a Legal Services Specialist. I spent the next 18 years in different capacities as Legal Specialist, doing Investigations, Military Justice, Legal Services, Administrative Law, Defense, and even Court Reporting (which I sucked at). I was stationed all over, Iwakuni, Japan, Camp Pendleton, California, Yuma, Arizona, 29 Palms, California, Honolulu, Hawaii, Norfolk, Virginia, and Riyadh , Saudi Arabia. While in Virginia I did two years Sea Duty aboard the USS MT. WHITNEY; we traveled from Virginia to Norway - where we were left ashore - from there we went to Northern Norway, Southern Norway, Denmark, Germany, and then Portsmouth, England. While in 29 Palms I was reassigned from my Base position to the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade as the Brigade Legal Services Chief and we went to Saudi Arabia to participate in Desert Shield. While there I was then reassigned as the 1st Marine Division (Forward) Legal Services Chief. During my time in Japan and Hawaii I pursued my College Education and Graduated from the University of Hawaii with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. After, Desert Storm/Desert Shield my Wife and I purchased 5 acres in La Pine, Oregon, and built a house. My Wife and Daughter lived there while I continued my Military Career my pursuit of a degree in Criminal Justice. I was accepted to the Santa Rosa Training Academy and completed my training as a Law Enforcement Ranger for the National Park Service in February of 1993 I was promoted to Master Sergeant. But for many reasons I decided to end my career in May of 1993 and returned to Oregon. I worked for the USFS as Seasonal Worker and then in 1995 I went to work for the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office as a Trial Assistant and then the Office Manager; I left the DA's Office in 2005. My Wife, Pat, died of lung cancer in 2003. In 2005 I opened my own Security and Investigative Firm and retired from that in 2015 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer which I may have received from Agent Orange. I remarried in 2007, to my current wife and friend, Robin Prante. We now operate several AirBnb rentals in the La Pine Area along the Little Deschutes River. Robin has three boys and a daughter and I have a daughter and a son. Our blended family is spread out from Hawaii to West Texas. So, we travel when we can but we can only travel separately since we take care of my 97 year old Mom; someone has to be here at all times.
Nicholas A Turner
Nicholas A Turner
Class of 2005
Army, 6 Years

Helicopter mechanic/power turbine repairer
Nicole Russell
Nicole Russell
Class of 2003
Navy, 7 Years

Hospital Corpsman
Peggy Parker
Peggy Parker
Class of 1976
Army, 4 Years

Cryptologic Intelligence/ Electronic Warfare Analyst
Rick Johnson
Rick Johnson
Class of 1974
Navy, 3 Years

Boiler tech serving on USS Savannah AOR-4 out of Norfolk. Traveled on a Med cruise and two Carribean cruises. Spent time in Philadelphia and Brooklyn yards.
robert d schwartzkopf
robert d schwartzkopf
Class of 1957
Army Reserves, 34 Years

lt.col. retired
Scott Chamberlain
Scott Chamberlain
Class of 1982
Army, 3 Years

Specialist - Military Policeman
536th Military Police Company
Serving Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Amberg, Bayreuth, Bindlach, Hohenfels, and Regensberg, Germany communities.
ser xiong
ser xiong
Class of 2002
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Joined US Marines in 2006. Combat tour to Iraq in Oct 2007 - April 2008. West Pac Tour Dec 2008 - Aug 2009. 0311 Infantry Rifleman.

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